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Looks like we'll be headed over to get the new S80 in either November or December. Ordered through William - Thanks!
We should have our confirmation and delivery date in about 2 weeks. I suspect it'll be a short turn around trip for us - maybe just 5 days on the ground. Two days in Goteborg, and we have been considering up to 3 days in the south around Malmo, Lund, and Vstad. Maybe a day trip across the bridge into Copenhagen. Does anyone have experience with travel in these areas between early November and mid-December?

Last time we went over in October with no hotel reservations and an ad hoc itinary, that worked out great. Only struggle we had with places to stay was around Stockholm. Otherwise the walk in rate and room availability worked well for us. I'm wondering how busy hotels are in the south areas when we'll be there this time.

Should we make reservations? Other than it being chilly, what's snowfall and road conditions like these months? Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

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You can often get better rates online (rather than walking in). During our 3 week OSD trip in April we used a Kindle Fire and wifi at McD's to find our hotel for the night (usually mid-afternoon).
 

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You should be just fine. As long as you plan to stay in hotels vs. campgrounds/hostels which usually close as the weather cools off then I don't think you will be competing with many tourists.

Any particular places in the South of Sweden that you are planning to visit?
 

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You should be just fine. As long as you plan to stay in hotels vs. campgrounds/hostels which usually close as the weather cools off then I don't think you will be competing with many tourists.

Any particular places in the South of Sweden that you are planning to visit?
"Two days in Goteborg, and we have been considering up to 3 days in the south around Malmo, Lund, and Vstad. Maybe a day trip across the bridge into Copenhagen. "

In our October visit we got discounted walk-in room rates. Which was suggested to us as a way to save some money, versus making reservations. Hotels were eager to have us stay. And we really didnt know when we were going to stop until we got there. Since Sweden is a winter sports area, I was wondering if rooms might be less available in December versus October.
 

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Mark,

Thank you for your order. Your new S80 order is in the Volvo system and now scheduled for production and delivery on the date you requested. Thanks again.
 

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Mark,

Thank you for your order. Your new S80 order is in the Volvo system and now scheduled for production and delivery on the date you requested. Thanks again.
Thanks William. I appreciate your help. You know, the local dealer I was talking too has an OSD specialist. I gave them a chance before ordering with you. I had an initial conversation, gave them my list of questions (same questions I gave you) and I've never heard back from them despite a promise of answers next business day. That was what, 2 weeks ago?? I don't think I should have to chase someone down to take my money.

Makes me wonder how that pick up through them will work out. I'm just not expecting much.
 

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"Two days in Goteborg, and we have been considering up to 3 days in the south around Malmo, Lund, and Vstad. Maybe a day trip across the bridge into Copenhagen. "

In our October visit we got discounted walk-in room rates. Which was suggested to us as a way to save some money, versus making reservations. Hotels were eager to have us stay. And we really didnt know when we were going to stop until we got there. Since Sweden is a winter sports area, I was wondering if rooms might be less available in December versus October.
Ah yes excuse me I missed that bit. I'm not sure that the south of Sweden is so much of a winter sports area to be honest. Skåne is pretty flat, farm country and in most winters it doesn't snow much at all although it does happen.

These are all nice places although perhaps the area around Ystad is more fun in the warmer months when you can take a bike ride through the beautiful countryside. I lived in Lund on and off for the past 4 years and it's a charming university town and gets even more so when the Christmas decorations come up. Depending on exactly when you are arriving, I would recommend taking a detour on your way down from Gothenburg to stop by the biggest Christmas market in Sweden which is 20 kilometers south of Växjö in Huseby Bruk. This happens from November 10-18. The website is in Swedish but I think Google Translate will do a decent job.

http://www.husebybruk.se/julmassan/

It's a wonderful experience and you can buy lots of homemade crafts and traditional Swedish foods/jams/drinks.

If you do decide to spend a day in Copenhagen I would recommend parking your car on the Sweden side and take the train across the bridge. It is much more cost effective generally (the bridge by car costs around 100 dollars round trip) and parking in Copenhagen is a challenge.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks William. I appreciate your help. You know, the local dealer I was talking too has an OSD specialist. I gave them a chance before ordering with you. I had an initial conversation, gave them my list of questions (same questions I gave you) and I've never heard back from them despite a promise of answers next business day. That was what, 2 weeks ago?? I don't think I should have to chase someone down to take my money.

Makes me wonder how that pick up through them will work out. I'm just not expecting much.
The dealer doesn't do much -- you've already driven the car so the whole "pre-delivery" checklist is complete.

Depending on your state, they'll have to do paperwork for you. But that's back office.

I'm surprised they weren't more helpful/responsive.
 

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Two days in Goteborg, and we have been considering up to 3 days in the south around Malmo, Lund, and Vstad. Maybe a day trip across the bridge into Copenhagen. Does anyone have experience with travel in these areas between early November and mid-December?
Skåne (very south part of Sweden) usually have mlld winters as Big Will mentioned. There is a lot to see, cute towns, old castles, nice landscape and cozy places to stay at and eat at in the countryside. This is a good place to start looking for things to ser, where to stay and where to eat.

http://skane.com/en/frontpage

Skåne is well known for good food. The best restaurants in Sweden are presented in the White Guide. If you are interested in high class dinng this is a good guide.

http://www.whiteguide.se/
 

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Thanks for all the responses. Looks like the ball is rolling on plan D, or E, or F. I lose count now. We're putting together a side trip to Rome for 4 nights as well as a third night in Gothenberg. If all sets up as it's playing out now, we should be getting on a plane on Nov 21 and taking delivery on the 27th. We'll only get a day and a half or so with the car before we hand it back and head home. But that's OK.
 

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I like the idea of parking your car in say Malmo and taking the train over. The bridge is freaking expensive, but it is also fun knowing you have driven over it too.

Driving can be snowy, but snow removal is usually pretty good (as it should be in Sweden in the winter!!).
 

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There is now an ice bar at Liseberg in the winter...which is pretty cool :)
I would love to go to that. So you can sell me my 2015 XC90 Hybrid and I'll bring it there!!
 

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